The issue of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) is a policy area where we have engaged with Scottish Ministers and officials over several years. We intend to continue this dialogue in the best interests of the self-catering industry in Scotland in the hope the regulatory burden can be minimised.
To help inform our submission to this consultation, the ASSC undertook a survey of its membership in October 2023 to gauge the views of small businesses operating in the self-catering and short-term let sector regarding EPCs. This highlighted the following relevant points:
The Heat in Buildings Strategy confirmed the Scottish Government’s intention to require Scotland’s homes to meet EPC Band C equivalent, where that was “technically feasible and cost effective” from 2025 onwards, with some backstop dates from 2028 to 2033. If this requirement captures self-catering properties, which are primarily used for tourist accommodation, this would cause considerable difficulties for our sector in what are already challenging times.